Extensions.XPathSelectElements Method (XNode, String)


Selects a collection of elements using an XPath expression.

Namespace:   System.Xml.XPath
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

public static IEnumerable<XElement> XPathSelectElements(
	this XNode node,
	string expression


Type: System.Xml.Linq.XNode

The XNode on which to evaluate the XPath expression.

Type: System.String

A String that contains an XPath expression.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XElement>

An IEnumerable<T> of XElement that contains the selected elements.

Although the ordering of returned collections is not specified in the XML XPath Language 1.0 Recommendation, this extension method returns nodes in document order.

Note that nodes are returned in document order even when you use a reverse axis, such as preceding-sibling or ancestor-or-self.

The following example creates a small XML tree and uses XPathSelectElements to select a set of elements.

                XElement root = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Child1", 1),
    new XElement("Child1", 2),
    new XElement("Child1", 3),
    new XElement("Child2", 4),
    new XElement("Child2", 5),
    new XElement("Child2", 6)
IEnumerable<XElement> list = root.XPathSelectElements("./Child2");
foreach (XElement el in list)

This example produces the following output:


.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Available since 4.0
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